“Threads is a gripping, miserable experience”. @email@example.com on Threads (not that one), the post-apocalyptic 1984 British film, still the most harrowing thing I’ve watched. I own it on DVD. I must watch it again.
The Threads team is exploring a content publishing API
I’ve replied to encourage them to consider adopting #micropub rather than defining their own unique API. They’ve committed to support ActivityPub so if they’re serious about the open web then Micropub should also be considered.
I’m getting the dreaded rattling noise from one bud of my original AirPods Pro, but only when using noise cancellation. A half-hour with Apple Support generated a quote of £246 to fix or replace. I may as well just buy brand new! For now I’ll use my pair as dumb AirPods 🤷
I now have Bridgy Fed (https://fed.brid.gy) set up on my website. It does all the heavy lifting so that websites can be a part of the Fediverse. While I was aware of Bridgy Fed I hadn’t quite understood it. A few minutes with Ryan’s docs and all became clear.
My content should now automatically federate to @firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m still using my @email@example.com account for reading my feed in Mastodon clients, but I intend to switch over.
I’ve been checking out Zed - zed.dev… - a new super-fast, multiplayer code editor.
I know editors are a deeply person thing, but I only lightly tinker with editor settings and hope for sensible defaults. Zed ticks the boxes for me. I’m impressed: it’s fast, minimal and the developers seem receptive to the community at github.com…
It’s currently in alpha, but I’ve (currently) got invite codes if you’d like to kick the tyres - barryfrost.com…
I got access to the Bluesky private beta (thanks Ryan!) and have been kicking the iOS app’s tyres. The app experience is basic but familiar. You can clearly see its Twitter roots. I was also pleased to be able to follow Aaron’s guide to using my personal domain as my handle.
The AT Protocol is also nicely designed. The federated social network world is certainly heating up.
I’d love to swap my Echo devices for HomePods, especially the new full-size ones, for privacy and HomeKit ecosystem reasons, but they’re not quite there for me. I can live with Siri being inferior to Alexa or Google Assistant for searches, but I need these:
BBC radio apps (or native support) so I can say “Play Radio 4” or “Play 6 Music”. This is probably 80% of my use of the Echo in the kitchen.
Full Spotify Connect so I can resume or control playback from my laptop or phone. AirPlaying audio...
I’m treating my job search like a full-time job and finding I’m just as busy with calls and messages. I have a few exciting roles at early stages and feeling positive. I’m also enjoying swapping leads with other ex-colleagues - something positive out of all the #layoffs.
Well it’s been a disappointing start to the year… yesterday I was let go from my job. Although it was one of several redundancies it’s still a bit of a gut punch and the first time I’ve been laid off. Hey ho. Time to move on and get stuck into a job search.
Congratulations to @paulrobertlloyd on the launch of getindiekit.com.… It’s an incredibly polished and well-designed #indieweb tool. If you’re thinking of setting up a personal website (you should!) then you should definitely be checking out Indiekit.